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Rough Country Extended Front Driveshaft (07-11 Wrangler JK)

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  • Extended Front Driveshaft
  • Designed for JKs with a 3.5"-6” Lift
  • Clearance for 33”-35” Tires
  • Steel Shaft with Machined Billet Steel Flanges
  • Double Cardan Style CV Joint
  • Collapsed Length - 35.25"
  • Extended Length - 38.75"
  • Lifetime Replacement Warranty
  • For use with Dana 30 Front Axles Only
  • Fits 2007-2011 Jeep Wrangler JK Models

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review of the Rough Country extended front driveshaft fitting all 2007 and up JKs. Now, there are a couple different versions of this driveshaft, depending on what year your JK is because Jeep did move the transmission and therefore the transfer case a little bit when they changed from the 3.8-liter to the 3.6-liter engine, so make sure you get the right one for your Jeep. Today we're gonna talk through the installation of this driveshaft, which is a simple one out of three wrench installation. We're also going to talk about the construction and a few of the features of this driveshaft. This driveshaft is for those of you who have three-and-a-half to six inches of lift on your JK and are looking for a longer front driveshaft so you're not going to max out the driveshaft length at full droop off-road and also want a stronger driveshaft so you're not going to have to worry about driveshaft breakage when you're wheeling hard with a big, heavy wheel tire package. Now, this driveshaft is significantly less expensive than some of the other ones on the market, and in my opinion, part of that is going to come from build quality. However, if you're not wheeling that hard, you're not as concerned about tearing up your driveshaft on the trail, you're just looking for one that's going to be longer so you're not maxing out at length, I don't think that there's anything wrong with this. If you are running 37's or 40's of big, heavy wheel tire package and you really do some aggressive wheeling, then you probably want to look at one of those top quality, top price driveshafts out there with a few features that will make it a little bit stronger. As far as construction goes, again, this is going to be longer than your factory driveshaft to allow for that lift. This is also a constant velocity double Cardan driveshaft. What that means, is right up here in the joint, you're going to have two different U-joints and a centering ball which make this very, very strong and able to transfer a lot of power and a lot of torque without wearing out or breaking down. The driveshaft comes with greaseable U-joints, also with a greaseable centering ball, and you will want to make sure that you grease that centering ball as often as you grease all of the U-joints. That's an area that's often overlooked and will certainly cause the driveshaft to fail if you don't keep grease on it. Now, the centering ball is going to be a little bit different than your traditional Zerk fitting that your grease gun is going to attach right on to. You are going to have to get a plastic pointy-type end for your grease gun in order to get onto that grease fitting, and push down the ball bearing and fill the centering ball with grease. That's not something that is included in this kit. It is something that you're gonna have to purchase separately. It's very inexpensive but it is something you're gonna want to make sure you have on hand so when you're doing your oil changes or when you're torquing down your tires, you're getting under there and you're greasing your new driveshaft. This also does come with two yokes. Now, the factory setup has a flange on both your axle and on your transfer case. This switches to a yokes style, and there are a couple benefits to that, one being strength, but the other being that this is a nice short setup allowing you to have additional length from your driveshaft which will flatten out the driveshaft angles even further. As far as the installation goes, again, I'm giving this a very simple one out of three wrenches. All you're going to need to do is climb underneath your Jeep and remove your factory front driveshaft. There are quite a few bolts on the flanges that you'll need to remove in order to do that. Once that front driveshaft is removed, you'll need a couple of big sockets in order to remove the flange from the transfer case and from the axle. Again, those are going to be sockets that are over one inch in size. You're probably not going to have them on hand already, so you are going to want to pick those up and you're probably going to also need a nice, long breaker bar in order to break those loose. They are generally torqued down. They might even have a little bit of [inaudible 00:03:59] on them. Once you remove these nuts, hang on to them because you'll use them to reinstall your new yokes. Once your new yokes are in place, you'll install your new driveshaft with all of the included hardware. Now, again, you are going to want to make sure that everything is greased. All these new joints and the centering ball are all greased right out of the factory, but you'll want to double-check them to make sure they do have grease on them. Also, make sure that all of your snap rings on the U-joints are in place. The whole installation process for this shouldn't take you more than an hour to get done, and you won't really need any specialty tools, other than those larger sockets that you may not already have on hand. Now, depending on the state of your Jeep, if you're doing this when you're doing a lift kit and you don't have any of the tires on the ground, it is going to be a good idea to put the Jeep into four-wheel drive and set your emergency brake, as well as leaving it in park, is going to make breaking loose the flange and retightening your new yoke on the transfer case output shaft a lot easier. It's not going to allow that shaft to spin, so you'll be able to get to the proper torque spec on your new yokes. All the torque specs are listed in the instructions for this driveshaft, so you'll be able to get it installed with no problem. As I mentioned, this is going to be significantly less expensive than some of the other versions of an extended driveshaft on the market. For instance, the Rugged Ridge version of the extended front driveshaft is going to be almost twice the cost of this one. And I'm sure there are quite a few different reasons for that, but one of them has to be quality, in my opinion. So, again, if you're looking for a longer driveshaft so that you're not going to max out your driveshaft length when you're at max flex off-road, I think that this one is going to be just fine. Keep it greased. You're not gonna have any problems as long as you're running a 33, a 35-inch tire and you're not doing any really hardcore off-roading. However, if you are going to be doing some serious wheeling with 37's, or 38's, or maybe even a bigger tire, then you might want to invest a little bit more money into a driveshaft that has additional features, making it even stronger. So if you have three-and-a-half to six inches of lift on your JK and you're looking for a longer front driveshaft so you're not going to max out driveshaft length at full droop on the trail, this is going to be a great option that will save you some money over some of the other options on the market. So that's my review of the Rough Country extended front driveshaft fitting all 2007 and up JKs that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.

Please note: All Rough Country products are subject to a handling fee

Designed for 3.5"-6” Lifts. Take on any trail with confidence by upgrading the front driveshaft of your lifted Jeep JK with one from Rough Country. This Driveshaft is for those JK owners who have lifted their Wrangler and are now looking for a longer extended front driveshaft to avoid maxing out the length of their stock shaft at full off-road droop. Designed for use with a 3.5" to 6" suspension lift, or 2.5" to 6" long arms, this Rough Country Extended Front Driveshaft is compatible with 33” to 35” tires. Not only is this Driveshaft longer than stock, but it is stronger as well. So, you will not have to worry about driveshaft breakage when you're wheeling off-road with a larger set of wheels and tires.

Superior Quality and Construction. Featuring a double cardan style CV joint, this Rough Country Extended Front Driveshaft is crafted from heavy duty steel making it twice as strong as the stock factory shaft. The included yoke flanges are machined from solid billet steel for superior strength and durability. The collapsed length of the Driveshaft is 35.25", with an extended length of 38.75".

Lifetime Replacement Warranty. Rough Country Suspension Systems offers a Lifetime Replacement Warranty. Driveshaft’s are warranted to be free from defects in material and craftsmanship for the life of the vehicle if utilized in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions for installation and operation. Rough Country will replace your defective item at no cost to you!

Application. This Rough Country Extended Front Driveshaft is specifically designed to fit 2007-2011 Jeep Wrangler JK models equipped with a Dana 30 front axle and a 3.5" to 6" lift.

Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods.

Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Driveshaft
  • (2) Yokes
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • JK - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11
  • JK Unlimited - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11
  • JK Rubicon - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11

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5/5
Perfect

Perfect fit for my jeep very high quality I suggest this part for lifted jeep

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5/5
Driveshaft

Came very well packaged. Claims 2-3 hours it actually took me about 45 minutes to install. Very happy with the ease of greasing it.

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Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars
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8 Questions / 6 Answers

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So it will not fit on a front dana 44?

MindenE

  • Correct, this Rough Country Extended Front Driveshaft is for use with Dana 30 Front Axles only.

    XTHelenW

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Is the yoke a 1310?

Jeremy

  • The Rough Country Extended Front Driveshaft uses a 1310 Yoke.

    Rob D

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Will it work on yj with Dana 30 and 5 inch lift

Dannyp345

  • No, the Rough Country Extended Front Driveshaft is intended for use on the JK models only. The overall lengths and mounting are different between years and models.

    XTHelenW

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does this product require any additional hardware purchases for installation(yokes)??

EmirR

  • Thank you for your question! This will come with both yokes, two U-Joints, and the drive shaft itself. You should not need any additional components for this extended front driveshaft.

    MeridethXT

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Will this shaft work with 2.5" lift?

PeterL

  • The Rough Country Extended Front Driveshaft is designed for vehicles with a 2.5 to 6 inch long arm or 3.5 to 6 inch short arm suspension lifts installed.

    TerriB

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Hi. I understand 2008 Wrangler X 2dr has a Dana44 rear. Will this RC ext driveshaft be a good upgrade?

Rey

  • The Rough Country Extended Front Driveshaft will only go to the front axle, which will be a DANA 35 in all models except for Rubicon Models. We recommend this for jeeps with lifts between 3.5" and 6"

    Rob D

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Overall Rating 4.8

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  • Fit 5 5
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.928571 4.9



  • 5/5

    November 12, 2016

    Perfect

    Perfect fit for my jeep very high quality I suggest this part for lifted jeep

    BrianMacfadden

    Year: 2010Submodel: Rubicon

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    March 23, 2016

    Driveshaft

    Came very well packaged. Claims 2-3 hours it actually took me about 45 minutes to install. Very happy with the ease of greasing it.

    Hrissley

    Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler UnlimitedGrand Rapids, MI

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    July 31, 2017

    Great drive shaft

    Very easy to install it took maybe 25-35 mins total

    JustinD

    Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    April 13, 2017

    Fit like a glove

    The product is exact as explained on the website fast on the shipping . I found my new favorite website to shop for my JK

    DavidM

    Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 4/5

    February 05, 2017

    Perfect for the price

    I installed this on a 2007 unlimited that belonged to a friend of mine. The fit was perfect. Like other reviewers stated the hardest part was removing the old parts. Would recommend this to anyone who doesn't need heavy duty driveshafts but lift their Jeeps.

    Scramblerskippy

    Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    August 03, 2016

    driveshaft

    i recently purchased a front driveshaft for my 2009 wrangler, so far it is working great, easy install

    willie

    Year: 2009Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    July 30, 2016

    Drivelines

    Well built good finish quality workmanship easy to install no vibrating Good looking too. Mike f

    Duke

    Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 5/5

    January 25, 2016

    Extreme terrain front driveshaft

    Comes with new yokes great fit easy to install. 08 jeep jk unlimited hardest part was taking off the old original shaft.

    GSD1

    Year: 2008Bryan texas

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  • 5/5

    July 07, 2015

    IMPRESSED

    I was extremely cautious buying a rough country driveshaft but after receiving and installing it im.a true believer in this driveshaft. Shaft and Joints came greased. Joints made in the USA. Doesn't get better than this for the money.

    Hhunter050

    Year: 2008Georgia, USA

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  • 5/5

    August 31, 2017

    Mountain Cruising

    The hard part was taking the old shaft off. The RCEFDS will not last forever, but I know that I won't take more than 20 minutes to change out the universals and be back on the trail.

    GilR

    Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    August 14, 2017

    awsome folks

    from purchase to install.. this is was how ordering on line shopuld be! thank you Extreme Terain

    spencerb

    Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    March 15, 2017

    Perfect for what I needed

    Perfect for what I needed. I added a lift that the stock drive shaft failed. Easy install if you can get the pinion nut off.

    PeterL

    Year: 2011Submodel: Rubicon

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  • 4/5

    March 02, 2017

    Great experience

    Purchased this shaft and had absolutly no problems with install or fitment. Seems to be much better and stronger than the oem and most of all way better bang for your buck. Extreme had the best fast and easy shipping and when product was recieved it was exactly what was expected. I would highly recomebd this to anyone ready to replace drive shafts on on their jk.

    TimothyM

    Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 4/5

    February 14, 2017

    driveshaft

    Had no issues installing this driveshaft, no vibration when driving great product for the price.

    4inchjk

    Year: 2008Submodel: Wrangler

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